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New Quake 1 Single Player: Backsteingotik

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Sock brings us a new Quake single player map named.... Backsteingotik! It was inspired by the original Quake map E3M5, “The Wind Tunnels”. It's gotten good reviews over at Func_Msgboard and be sure to read the readme on instructions to run this one. You can click “Read More” to see a screenshot and read the readme, click here for a download. Also, be sure to post your demos on Func_Msgboard, the author is requesting them!


Title : Backsteingotik

Date : 6th July 2013 (version 1e)

File :

Author : Simon "sock" OCallaghan

Website :

Description : Large Gothic brick structure deep under ground

Feedback : negke and necros



* Create a new folder called "backstein" in your Quake folder

* Copy the Zip file into the new folder

* Extract the contents of the zip file

* Create a shortcut to your preferred Quake engine

* Add the following to the command line

-heapsize 64000 -game backstein +map backstein

* Run the shortcut (click icon) and make sure the map loads

* The first part of the map is a skill selection area

* Remember to record a demo once you start the map!

* If you want to play the map with *your* original quake settings

delete the pak1.pak file. It contains the extra models (items) and

the quake.rc file with my recommended engine settings.


Skill Levels

EASY : Is designed for sightseeing and relaxed gameplay. There are no

shortages of ammo/health and no need to use any environmental traps.

NORMAL : Is designed to be a challenge with upgraded monster types

and just the right amount of ammo. There are no need to rely on any

environmental traps or secrets.

HARD : Is designed to be a tough, unforgiving in places and will

require the player to conserve ammo and use monster infighting. It is

recommended to use all environmental traps where possible.

HARD + : This is unlocked when playing on hard skill and allows the

player to complete the GK side first. It is designed for players who

want a challenge and don't want access to powerful weapons (SNG/RL)

There is a warning message before selecting this.

The front of the map features a skill selection system like the start map

with three platforms for easy, normal, hard skill and a nightmare skill

entrance for players who want a challenge. Once the skill has been selected

the map will restart and everything should be setup correctly.

Each skill level has different monsters types, in different positions

and can be played progressively for a different experience of the map.

All weapons, ammo and health are the same on all skill levels. It is

assumed the player will be more frugal with ammo/health consumption

on higher difficulty settings.


Dual purpose, to crush or to cover?

In two of the rooms (GK side, final) there are several floor/ceiling crushers

which are button operated. They are designed with a dual purpose (crush and cover)

and give the player a choice. They can either make the fight easier by crushing

enemies or creating cover to hide behind from long range enemy attacks.

The first crusher room (GK side) is setup to show the player that there are

two states (one is lowered into the floor) to the crushers. The flow of the

room is setup as a figure of eight allowing the player an escape route

through the middle.

Several flow designs can be achieved with the crushers because they are

individually button operated. The player can either open the room up to allow

for enemies to be killed easily with RL/GL damage or restrict the line of sight

for long range enemies (shambler/shalrath) and create player cover.

The crusher system is designed to change the state of the room as the fight

progresses. It is about giving the player a choice, wide open space or loads

of cover. This is something the player can either use or ignore, the choice

is theirs.


Map Waffle

One of my favourite maps of Quake is E3M5 "the Wind Tunnels", a very dark

metallic pipe infested underground area flooded with water. The map is

famous for having a very unique game play mechanic, the use of wind to

transport the player around the map.

Unfortunately the original map did not have any kind of unique architectural

style and is largely flat metal walls and pipes. With no shapes to play with

I decided to take the idea of E3M5 and push it in a new direction. Gone are the

cold wet metal walls sunken in pits of water and in its place are towering

monolithic brick structures soaked in hot yellow lighting!

I have always been a great fan of brick architecture and especially German

Gothic brick designs like this gorgeous example in Budapest:


When designing the map Backsteingotik I wanted it to feel tall, to have brick

walls stretching upwards into darkness and the structures to feel like they could

support the world. This is monolithic Gothic, there are no curved archways,

no round windows, just simple timeless shapes and materials.

I have always been fascinated by symmetrical design and how it is used in medieval

buildings to inspire balance and tranquility with beautifully mirrored lines.

Symmetry is often avoided in games because of its predictable patterns, but players

often repeat tasks in games and using symmetry is a good way to show players how

to discover new locations based on previous experience.

The central area of the map is symmetrical, but the sides are unique. There

are design elements in the middle of the map that are in mirrored locations,

but they lead to different places. The idea is if the player finds one symmetrical

design element they will be able to use that knowledge to find the opposite and

discover more places to explore.

Often maps use teleporters to solve logistical design problems because no player

wants to travel back through large empty spaces. During the early design phase

of this map there was a lot of teleporters moving the player back to the center.

Eventually I realized, this map theme is about wind, not instant transportation.

By removing all the teleporters the player no longer feels disjointed when travelling

around and is given a more consistent theme and continuous experience.

One of the most rewards traits of Quake maps (especially ID) is that the player

has choices with where they can go and how they tackle each encounter. This map

is taking a much more open approach to level flow and the player can rocket/grenade

jump to both silver and gold keys, the silver side of the map on hard skill can

be completely skipped and the gold side has plenty of alternative routes with

special areas for flanking the enemies.

The original design for the map was 100% red brick in all directions. This was

the reason for the name, Gothic red brick, but this turned the map into an endless

sea of red with no landmarks for navigation. Something had to be done and the

easiest thing to do was paint each side (SK/GK) with a different brick colour.

The SK side became blue/grey and the GK side is gold/green. This is not exactly

the vision I wanted but it does fix the flow and that is more important.

This map is designed with no teleporters, if the player can see a location high

up above, there is a good chance there is a wind tunnel/lift leading there!

The textures are based on existing Quake assets and have been mixed up and

re-arranged to suit the tall Gothic brick style. The visual language uses

red buttons to represent shootable objects, demon faces to hint at secrets

and large Quake symbol for touch functions. Any item or floor area which triggers

a subsequent event is clearly marked with flickering yellow runes. Any items with

green runes painted on the floor underneath can respawn again.

The lighting was designed to be soft and warm with strong yellow lights

mixed with low blue lights for high upper areas. The map has a wispy fog

setting on the worldspawn and the lighting is designed to work with this

low fog (wispy white) value. It is highly recommended to use an engine

that understands the fog settings on the worldspawn.

The map contains ten secrets which range from button finding to player

movement (jumping) skills. No secret requires rocket/grenade jumping to be

reached and the mechanism to operate the secret is always within close

proximity to the entrance. The secret stash is mostly about giving the player

weapons early, but all of these can be found by natural progression as well.

All skill levels were tested without the use of any secret stash.


Please do not use any of these assets in ANY COMMERCIAL PROJECT.

Remember to give credit if you use any of the assets.

additional The majority of the textures are based on existing Quake assets

compilers and BSP Compilers (txqbsp,vis,light) by Bengt Jardrup

Dev tools: Coloured light and LIT support by MH

newskip by John Fitzgibbons (awesome feature)

TexMex 3.4 by Mike Jackman (organize textures)

engine: Designed and tested to *ONLY* work

with the following engines:

FitzQuake 0.85 (


Map Information:

Game : Quake SP only

Coop/DM : Not supported (no spawn points)

Difficulty : Easy 192, Normal 224, Hard 256 - Monsters

Textures : brickston.wad (included in zip file)

Editor : SDRadiant 1.3.8

Build Time : two months


Distribution / Copyright / Permissions

Copyright (c) 2013 sock, mememe[at]simonoc[dot]com

All rights reserved.

Quake I is a registered trademark of id Software, Inc.

This MOD/MAP may be electronically distributed only at

NO CHARGE to the recipient in its current state, MUST

include this .txt file, and may NOT be modified IN




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